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The Landing at Krasnovodsk, 1920

Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm

CIMG1761The next game was part of the Club’s “Back of Beyond” campaign, which saw my Turks landing on the eastern side of the Caspian Sea – part of their master plan to resurrect a Turkish Muslim empire in Central Asia! The plan was to land and secure the port of Krasnovodsk, after launching an expedition from Baka, on the far side of the Caspian.CIMG1762They struggled ashore, only to be met by a storm of bullets. I learned not to mix it with the Cheka in close combat, but in the end the Turks won through with the help of their machine gun barges and supporting gunboats.CIMG1771It pays to keep your guns mobile! I have to admit it was touch and go near the end, but I won through by avoiding close combats and relying on firepower (and my irregular Turcoman allies) to do the job.CIMG1770“The Back of Beyond” uses the Contemptible Little Armies rules by Chris Peers, which always produce enjoyable games, even though (or partly because) they’re incredibly bloody!CIMG1769


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